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Europe and Iraq: From Stand-off to Engagement?. CEPS Working Documents No. 216, 1 December 2004

Youngs, Richard. (2004) Europe and Iraq: From Stand-off to Engagement?. CEPS Working Documents No. 216, 1 December 2004. [Working Paper]

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    Abstract

    As of November 2004, persistent violence in Iraq and the legacy of opposition in some European countries to the US-led invasion continued to militate against more extensive EU engagement in the country. Europe’s absence has been felt most acutely in the security sphere, both in terms of troop deployments and the contribution to the training of Iraqi security forces. While European governments have valid criticisms over the coalition’s handling of Iraq’s post-conflict imperatives, and are right not to over-commit to Iraq under the present circumstances, there are nevertheless a number of areas where stronger European engagement might now be both possible and helpful. These include: · economic projects in the areas least affected by violence; · a discussion of Iraqi participation in some of the softer social and cultural aspects of EuroMed programmes; · development of sub-national institution-building programmes; · support for the development of a dense web of national institutions, such as syndicates, chambers of commerce and universities; · capacity-building for emerging political parties; · preparation of sub-national elections; · elaboration of a more carefully thought through regional plan; · training and capacity-building for border guards; · broadening the scope of security sector reform assistance; and · mediation with insurgents.

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    Item Type: Working Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-US
    EU policies and themes > External relations > foreign/security policy 1993--(includes CFSP/CESDP/ESS)
    EU policies and themes > External relations > conflict resolution/crisis management
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Centre for European Policy Studies (Brussels) > CEPS Working Documents
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2007
    Page Range: p. 14
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:43
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/6648

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